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How to install FB messenger

asked 2016-04-11 03:30:38 -0500

fenrir216 gravatar image

Hi everyone!

Could someone help me how to install facebook messenger on fedora 23 (if it's possible)? Cause what I found on their web site, is a messenger for debian distribution (.deb).

Thanks in advance.

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General remark: binary packages for Debian (.deb) can't easily be installed in RedHat derivatives such as Fedora, CentOS, Mageia, etc that use RPM Package Manager (.rpm).

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-04-11 09:11:03 -0500 )edit

I would like to thank, for both of you! Your help was very useful.

fenrir216 gravatar imagefenrir216 ( 2016-04-12 04:24:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-04-11 04:16:57 -0500

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updated 2016-04-11 04:17:40 -0500

  1. Open Software center and install GNOME Web (or run dnf install epiphany as root)
  2. Open the newly installed program called Web and visit
  3. Log in to Facebook messenger on that page (official webapp from Facebook)
  4. Click the hamburger menu button (three vertical lines in the top right of the window)
  5. Choose Install as Web Application
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answered 2016-12-13 13:59:47 -0500

updated 2016-12-13 14:02:25 -0500

I personally use Messenger for Desktop. If you wish to install and you are using a 64-bit system run:

sudo dnf install -y$(curl -sL | grep "x86_64.rpm" | cut -d '"' -f 2 | head -n 1)

while if you are using a 32-bit system run:

sudo dnf install -y$(curl -sL | grep "i386.rpm" | cut -d '"' -f 2 | head -n 1)

Both these command will determine the latest available release of Messenger for Desktop, then download its RPM package and install it with DNF.

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answered 2016-04-11 05:49:02 -0500

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The people behind the Messenger for Desktop app only provide a deb so you have a couple of options:

  • you could do as Aeyoun suggests and install it as a web app [via epiphany or Chrome]

  • You could try to convert the deb to rpm using something like the workflow mentioned in this article: I don't know how likely this is to work.

  • You could post an issue / feature request on the github page for the Messenger for Desktop app: and they might create a new method of installing it.

  • you could access Facebook messages through an existing Linux application. I use Pidgin and I think it works pretty well.

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